Going green can be advantageous for any business, with the potential to reduce environmental impact, enhance sustainability and even attract top talent. As such, if you would like to go green and reduce the footprint of your business, here are six effective ways to do so.
Reuse and Recycle
Did you know almost 25% of waste in the UK comes from businesses? As such, it’s vital companies have a thorough business recycling programme in order to reduce impact on the environment. This could include recycling old equipment and printer cartridges, ensuring there are recycling bins throughout the office, or eliminating single-use items (like paper cups and plastic cutlery), in the workplace.
Reduce Paper Usage
While businesses are typically becoming increasingly tech-focussed, paper wastage can still pose a problem. To help solve this and lower your company’s footprint, you could go electronic with invoices, payslips and by storing documents on the cloud. In addition, where printing is essential, aim to print on both sides to reduce paper usage.
Be Efficient with Energy
Implementing better energy practices could not only make your business greener, but reduce utility bills, too. As such, you could consider more efficient LED bulbs, upgrading to motion sensor lighting and encouraging staff to turn off equipment when not in use. Furthermore, when upgrading or replacing old equipment, choose models with a higher Energy Rating, like JLA’s heating systems.
Support Local Businesses
Buying locally allows your company to support other local businesses while also helping to reduce your environmental footprint. With shorter delivery distances and lower fuel consumption, your business could make a saving while also contributing to the local economy.
Fuel and Vehicles
Many businesses operate a fleet of vehicles, something that can drastically increase your company’s carbon footprint. As such, when replacing vehicles, consider investing in hybrid or electric models. Additionally, carry out regular maintenance and repairs, such as checking tyre pressure, to ensure your fleet is as fuel efficient as possible.
Reduce Employee Travel
Lastly, when aiming to reduce environmental impact, consider thinking beyond your company’s facilities or fleet. For example, driving to and from work, or meetings, can have significant impact – it’s estimated 12% of global emissions are a direct result of driving. Therefore, you could encourage carpooling and cycle to work schemes, allow remote working, or arrange virtual meetings.